SAN Sebastian seeks to keep its record immaculate and secure a Final Four berth as it clashes with a dangerous Perpetual Help squad in the NCAA Season 92 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
Unbeaten in six starts, the Lady Stags shoot for win No. 7 that would also seal them at least a playoff for a Final Four spot at the expense of the Lady Altas in their 2 p.m. duel.
A win will also push San Sebastian two wins away from sweeping its way straight to the finals, where it will enjoy a thrice-to-beat advantage while reducing the Final Four to a stepladder semis where Nos. 3 and 4 collide to face No. 2, which will own a twice-to-beat edge.
To do that, San Sebastian will have to beat Perpetual Help, then Lyceum of the Philippines University on Jan. 23, and finally the defending champion College of St. Benilde on Jan. 25.
But San Sebastian coach Roger Gorayeb likes to take it a game at a time.
"I'm more concerned on how the team prepare each and every day and not think of the sweep that much because I don't like to put pressure on the team," said Gorayeb in Filipino.
There were also some concerns about the conditioning of Grethcel Soltones, the reigning back-to-back MVP who is still not in peak form as she is currently second in the best scoring list with an average of 16.17 hits a game, behind CSB’s Jeanette Panaga's 17-point per game norm.
Perpetual Help, in contrast, is fighting to keep its Final Four hopes alive as it is currently at No. 5 with a 4-2 (win-loss) slate.
It will need to sweep its last four assignments, including this one against San Sebastian for it stay in the hunt. It will tackle LPU on Jan. 13, Jose Rizal University on Jan. 20 and Arellano University on Jan. 25.
In the only other women's game, Benilde (6-1) and Arellano (5-1) face off at 11 a.m. in hopes of boosting their respective stocks.
In men's action, Arellano (5-1) clashes with Benilde (5-1) at 9:30 a.m. and defending champion Perpetual Help (4-1) battles San Sebastian (3-3) at 2 p.m.
Games on Wednesday
(Filoil Flying V Center)
8 a.m.- AU vs CSB (jrs)
9:30 a.m.- AU vs CSB (m)
11 a.m.- AU vs CSB (w)
12:30 p.m.- UPHSD vs SSCR (w)
2 p.m.- UPHSD vs SSCR (m)
3:30 p.m.- UPHSD vs SSCR (jrs)